Welcome to the Faculty Corner! The Office of Accessibility Resources supports both students and faculty seeking further information on the accommodations process at Stonehill College.
The purpose of this site is to provide resources to faculty on the best practices in promoting accessibility and inclusion in the classroom.
If you have questions that come up throughout the course of the semester, please feel free to contact the Office of Accessibility Resources to consult on these areas.
Role of OAR
The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) supports Stonehill's unwavering commitment to providing a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for students with disabilities. Our goal is to create an accessible campus experience by providing a point of coordination, resources and support for our students and the campus community.
OAR works with each student on a case-by-case basis to provide reasonable accommodations that foster independent, self-determined learners. Services and auxiliary aids are offered to students with physical, sensory, neurologic, chronic health, psychological and other health impairments who qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. Students with temporary impairments may receive services on a short-term basis.
OAR's is committed to leading the campus community in its mission to recognize disability as a valued aspect of diversity, to embrace access as a matter of social justice and to ensure that all aspects of campus life are universally accessible.
Registering with OAR
Students wishing to be considered for academic, housing or meal plan accommodations must first register with the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR).
The 3 step process for registering with OAR is listed below:
1. Register with the Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) by completing an online registration form located on the OAR webpage: offices-services/accessibility-resources/register/
2. Complete an intake interview. Schedule a meeting with the Director of Accessibility Resources by calling (508) 565-1306.*
3. Submit disability documentation. Students should refer to the Documentation Guidelines for assistance in providing documentation that is appropriate to verify eligibility and support their specific accommodation request(s).
a. Fax documentation to 508-565-1492
b. Email documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org
c. Mail documentation to:
Office of Accessibility Resources, Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street Easton, MA 02357
d. In person, by appointment. (Please call 508-565-1306 to request an appointment.)
The student and the Director of Accessibility Resources partner to identify strategies, resources and accommodations, that can ameliorate disability-related barriers. An initial intake meeting provides the opportunity to understand the student’s disability experience and accommodations that have been successful in providing access. The process will be informed by the student’s self-report, the director's experience, and any documentation that the student presents. Based on an interactive discussion, the director may implement accommodations, set up provisional or temporary accommodations while waiting for additional documentation, or request documentation specific to establishing a connection between the disability and the barrier. A reasonable accommodation is a modification or adjustment to instructional methods and/or a course, program, service, activity or facility that enables a qualified student with a disability to have equal access to programs, services and activities. Equal access means an opportunity to attain the same level of performance or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges as are available to a similarly-situated student without a disability.
OAR recommends the following statement:
Students with Disabilities
Stonehill College is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive and inclusive environment for students with disabilities. The Office of Accessibility Resources (OAR) provides a point of coordination, resources and support for students with disabilities and the campus community. If you anticipate or experience physical or academic barriers based on disability, please let me know so that we can discuss options. You are also welcome to contact OAR to begin this conversation or to establish reasonable accommodations for this or other courses. OAR is located within the Academic Services & Advising Suite in Duffy 104. For additional information please call (508) 565-1306 or email email@example.com.
Rights and Responsibilities
Stonehill College recognizes that its basic responsibility is to identify and maintain the academic and technical standards that are fundamental to providing quality academic programs while ensuring the rights of individuals with disabilities. To meet this obligation, Stonehill College has the
- Right to:
- identify and establish the abilities, skills, and knowledge necessary for success in its programs and to evaluate applicants and students on this basis;
- request and receive documentation that supports requests for accommodations. The College has a right to deny a request if the documentation demonstrates that no accommodation is necessary, or if the individual fails to provide such documentation. For documentation guidelines, please contact the Office of Accessibility Resources at (508) 565-1306 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
- select among equally effective accommodations for individuals with a disability;
- refuse an unreasonable accommodation or one that imposes an undue hardship on the College.
- Responsibility to:
- ensure that its recruitment information and activities are available in accessible formats and facilities;
- evaluate applicants based solely on their abilities. If an evaluation method or criterion unfairly discriminates against an applicant with a disability, the College will seek reasonable alternatives;
- ensure that all of its programs, viewed in their entirety, are accessible and usable;
- make reasonable accommodations (as determined by the Director of the Office of Accessibility Resources) for a student with a disability in the delivery, instructional method, and evaluation system of a course. Fundamental program and course evaluations are not subject to modification;
- adjust, substitute or waive any academic requirements that unfairly discriminate against a student with a disability that are not essential to the integrity of the student's academic program and the college's mission. The Foreign Language requirement is considered to be a fundamental component of the academic program and central to Stonehill College's mission of providing a Liberal Arts education. While waivers for the Foreign Language requirement will not be granted; course substitutions can be considered;
- inform students about the availability of auxiliary aids and the range of possible accommodations as well as the procedures for requesting them. If a request for accommodations is denied, Stonehill College has the responsibility to inform the individual of his or her right to appeal the decision and the procedures for initiating an appeal.
- Right to:
- encourage students to self-disclose their disability/disabilities in an appropriate and confidential time and place by making a general announcement at the beginning of the semester and/or through a statement on their syllabi;
- check the legitimacy of a student's claim of a disability by requiring a letter from the Office of Accessibility Resources specifying appropriate accommodations for the student;
- discuss with the student, in a private meeting, the manner in which accommodations (e.g., extended time for testing, distraction-reduced environment) will be handled;
- suggest to students, whom they suspect have a disability, that they contact the Office of Accessibility Resources;
- identify and establish the abilities, skills, and knowledge that are fundamental to academic programs/courses and to evaluate each student's performance against these standards. Fundamental program and course standards are not subject to modifications;
- select and administer tests used to evaluate students so as to best ensure that test results accurately reflect aptitudes or competencies and do not discriminate against an individual with a disability. Tests designed to measure specific skills related to fundamental/essential course goals are allowable even when those skills are impacted by the disability;
- Responsibility to:
- understand the federal laws Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as they apply to students in college;
- maintain a student's confidentiality at all times (Students should not be singled out in class or mentioned by name);
- Discussions of accommodations such as test modifications or extended time should not take place in front of peers, or other faculty or staff;
- set a limit for the number of authorized accommodations provided to a student during the semester;
- refuse an authorized request for an academic adjustment, unless it would result in a fundamental alteration of the nature or goals of the course (Issues of safety should be discussed with the Director of the Office of Accessibility Resources.);
- ask a student if he or she has a disability if the student is having difficulty in class, but they may refer students to the Office of Accessibility Resources;
An individual with a disability has a right to an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs offered at Stonehill College.
- Right to:
- an equal opportunity to learn. They have a right to reasonable modifications in aspects of their educational experiences such as location, delivery system, or instructional methodologies that limit access, participation, or ability to benefit;
- an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from the academic community. This includes access to services, benefits, co- curricular activities, and housing and dining, when viewed in their entirety, that are comparable to those provided to any student;
- confidentiality of all information and have the right to choose to whom information about their disabilities will be disclosed;
- receive authorized accommodations from each faculty member who has received notification of such from the Office of Accessibility Resources;
- information regarding the availability of auxiliary aids and possible accommodations as well as procedures for making requests for either;
- be informed of procedures for initiating an appeal of a decision by the institution regarding auxiliary aids or accommodations;
- be informed of procedures for initiating further appeal of an institutional decision through external channels.
- Responsibility to:
- advocate for their own individual needs and to seek information, counsel, and assistance as necessary to be effective self-advocates;
- demonstrate or document how their disabilities limit their ability to benefit from a particular delivery system, instructional method, or evaluation criteria when they make a request for an accommodation or auxiliary aids in a timely manner;
- notify the Office of Accessibility Resources each semester of their desire to continue services;
- deliver a letter of accommodation from the Office of Accessibility Resources to faculty as early as possible in the semester in order to provide ample time for the provision of accommodations;
- request accommodations in a timely manner as agreed upon in advance with provider or by published deadlines
- understand the federal laws (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act) as they apply in post-secondary education;
- meet and maintain the institution's academic, behavioral, and technical standards, as any other student;
- follow published procedures for filing an appeal.
- require the provision of accommodations that have not been authorized, or accommodations of which the faculty has not been officially notified:
- require retroactive accommodations;
- require access or admission to a program or activity for which they are not otherwise qualified with or without accommodations;
- require accommodations that result in a fundamental alteration of the course outcomes, goals, pedagogy, etc.
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